La Ronde July 1 – August 27, 2016

Artists in residence in a conversation through art

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Experience an artistic conversation between artists this summer at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Creating new work at, and for, the Ross Creek Centre Gallery and grounds, a series of six artists will be in residence at the Centre, creating work in our gallery or landscape, before passing the torch to the next artist to exhibit.

The exhibit is a celebration of process and communication. La Ronde was conceived to reflect the collaborative culture of Ross Creek, celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. Beginning with Sara Hartland-Rowe, five artists were invited to propose the next artist in the series whose practise, culture, experience and/or medium is different from their own.

Visitors can return again and again to see how the conversation develops and deepens throughout the summer, as each new artist responds to the ones before.

Hartland-Rowe will be followed by Michael Fernandes, Michael Eddy, Ayoka Junaid, Jan Garrison, and David Clarke, coming around again to Sara Hartland-Rowe.

Schedule of openings 

(all openings take place in the evenings before Liberations Days & Mary Celeste): 

July 1 Sara Hartland-Rowe

July 9 Michael Fernandes

July 16 Michael Eddy

July 23 Ayoka Junaid

July 30 Jan Garrison

August 6 David Clark

August 13 Sara Hartland-Rowe

Please see our website at for more information about the artists. You can also follow the process on  the Ross Creek Facebook page.

Sara Hartland-Rowe

Sara Hartland-Rowe has shown work throughout canada, in the us, the netherlands, and argentina. she has produced large-scale wall paintings for the art gallery of nova scotia, the windsor art gallery, museum london, the durham art gallery, the koffler gallery and harbourfront gallery. she has won several grants and awards, most recently a canada council creation grant (2008) and a nova scotia arts council grant (2008). her work can be found in public galleries and institutions, and private collections.

in addition to her studio practice, hartland-rowe writes about contemporary art for c magazine (canada) and has published essays on the work of daniel hutchinson, sheila provazza, jack niven, and aaron mclean. sara hartland-rowe is an instructor in the painting department at the nova scotia college of art and design.

Michael Fernandes

Michael Fernandes (born in Trinidad) is a Canadian experimental artist and art educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His work uses familiar, even banal materials to ask the viewer to confront the boundary between daily life and art.

I want these works to continue to form after they are seen…Paintings seem to stay on the wall; my installation works are talking about a change that is active. You can go away and still work on it.

Initially a painter, Fernandes turned to installation and multimedia to create situations that actively solicit participation from the viewer. Fernandes’ texts and interventions explore this intersection of private life with public space.

Michael Eddy

Michael Eddy is an artist and writer. With a base in photography, he works across various disciplines and media including performance, drawing, writing and installation. His interests lie in rhetoric and decision-making, in negotiations of autonomy, and in questions relating to experience and value. Michael frequently works in collaboration with others, the most long term of which is the collaborative trio Knowles Eddy Knowles. From 2010–2013 he was co-organizer of the independent artist-run space HomeShop in Beijing ( His work has been exhibited and published internationally, with recent presentations at Pace Beijing, Sapporo International Art Festival, and Plug-In ICA. Recent textual or editorial contributions have appeared in Concrete Flux journal (CN), Muséologies journal (CA), the Grand Domestic Revolution Handbook (NL), and several independent publications by HomeShop. Michael studied at NSCAD in Canada and at the Staedelschule in Germany.

Ayoka Junaid

Ayoka Junaid is a Newfoundlander of Jamaican and Nigerian descent living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. An island creature, she is heavily influenced by nature, the sea and a desire to speak the unspoken. She uses a range of media and materials including fibre, ceramics and printmaking to explore themes of intentionality through randomness, the symmetry in asymmetry, and the complexity of simplicity.

 Ayoka received a diploma in American Sign Language/ English interpretation from Saint Mary’s University. She has taken training in pattern drafting, fashion design, natural dyeing, ceramics, screen printing, printmaking and drawing. Her current graduate studies in education investigate the intersections between language, art and mathematics.

Jan Garrison

Jan Garrison was born in Halifax, N.S. in 1975. Interest in high school art classes led to her first degree from NSCAD, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (1997) where she studied drawing, printmaking and painting. After studying Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal she returned to Nova Scotia to complete her Bachelor of Education: Visual Arts Specialist degree (2004), and has been working as a Visual Arts Educator in HRM. Most recently she has completed her Visual Arts Certificate for Art Teachers (2015).

David Clark

David Clark is a media artist, filmmaker, and visual artist who has produced narrative films, gallery installations, work for the internet, and public art commissions. Recent work includes the websites: The End: Death in Seven Colours, 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein, Sign After the X, and A is for Apple as well as Meantime in Greenwich, the first augmented reality public art commission in Halifax. His work has been screened at the Sundance Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, 2012 Winter Olympics, and the Museum of Moving Images in New York. He won First Prize at FILE2002, Sao Paulo and the ‘Best in Show’ at the 2003 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. In 2006 the MICA Galleries in Baltimore organized a survey exhibition of his work. He has recently been included in two major surveys of electronic literature at museums in Mexico City and Barcelona. 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein was included in the Electronic Literature Collection #2 and won the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award in 2011. He teaches Media Arts at NSCAD University in Halifax. 

 Gallery Mandate

Acting in cooperation with a larger vision integrating music, theatre, writing, film, visual arts and dance, our galleries provide a space for multidisciplinary visual arts exhibitions.  It is our belief that together, the arts champion a dialogue fostering collaboration between artists in all disciplines and stages of their careers and the surrounding and global community at large. The Centre is dedicated to encouraging and promoting the arts though education and arts development, and provides a professional environment for artists to present work in a non-commercial venue. Ross Creek Professional Gallery Our Professional Gallery focuses on contemporary visual art. Our exhibiting artists are regional, national and international. Community Gallery  The Community Gallery exhibits work created during our residencies, outreach programs within the community and schools. Additionally, this gallery is often used by our camp programs. For artists who would like to exhibit at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, please click here for information and applications.


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